Due to the unexpected colder than normal winter of 2016/2017, both the 2016 Devil’s Kriek and 2016 Tahoma Kriek developed slower than what was expected. Due to these conditions the brewery held on to the beer to age for one extra year. This patience proved to allow both beers to fully develop the complexity of the wild fermentation.
“I’m delighted to have watched the beautiful evolution of these two beers,” said Double Mountain Brewmaster/Owner Matt Swihart in a statement. “The extra year of aging has brought more tartness and crispness from the Brett, giving a lush complexity to these wild beers.”
Here are descriptions on each of the two beers provided by the brewery.
2016 Devil’s Kriek
Belgian Style Sour Ale Brewed With Cherries Description: Nearly four hundred pounds of Bing and Van cherries from the Double Mountain Orchard in the Columbia Gorge go into each batch of our Devil’s Kriek. Our two house yeast strains are blended with Brettanomyces lambicus, and are allowed to roam freely for a year on the fruit in our cellar, developing its complex character. This vintage brings dark ripe cherry, raspberry, and a sweet spring funk aroma to a bed of juicy red fruited jam with a crisp, tart finish. 9.2% ABV, 11 BU
2016 Tahoma (Rainier) Kriek
Belgian Style Sour Ale Brewed With Cherries Description: Tahoma starts its life as a strong Belgian Blonde ale prior to the addition of Rainier cherries from the Columbia River Gorge. Our two house yeast strains are blended with Brettanomyces lambicus, and are allowed free reign for a year on the fruit to develop its complex character. Pie cherry, kiwi jam, and summer farmhouse take the lead, giving way to a juicy, refreshingly tart finish. 9.9% ABV, 11BU
2016 Devil’s Kriek and 2016 Tahoma Kriek are currently available in bottles at the Hood River Taproom and SE Portland Taproom in the Woodstock neighborhood. They can also be found in limited supply throughout the Northwest.
And if you happen to be in Hood River on Saturday, July 21st, the brewery has once again booked “The Greatest Rock & Roll Band”, the Supersuckers. They’ll perform beginning at 9:00pm at the brewery in the midst of the band’s 30th Anniversary Tour!
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.